Automate Model Preprocessing with the Application Builder

Walter Frei March 2, 2016

Have you ever wanted to rapidly set up a COMSOL Multiphysics model with hundreds of different parts? If so, you might not want to use a graphical user interface where you manually enter dimensions and properties for each part. Generating a text file that contains all of this information offers a much faster route. Today, we will look at how you can use the Application Builder to quickly convert a text input file into a COMSOL model.

Improving Vascular Access for the Treatment of ESRD Patients

Bridget Cunningham March 1, 2016

When diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a form of permanent kidney failure, patients must undergo dialysis to replace the blood cleaning function of kidneys. Dialysis requires vascular access, a process where blood is removed, purified, and returned to the patient’s vasculature. Current methods for providing access, however, suffer from high failure rates. Combining CFD simulations with shape optimization techniques provides a way to better understand and predict such failure.

Studying Transient Heat Transfer in a Fin Design with an App

Continuing his discussion of simulation apps, guest blogger Mehrzad Tabatabaian presents an app that he designed to study transient heat transfer in a nonprismatic fin. In earlier blog post, I spoke about my new book, COMSOL5 for Engineers, a resource designed to inspire and guide the creation of COMSOL models and simulation apps. Today, I’ll share a model with you that I created to analyze transient heat transfer in a fin as well as its corresponding app.

Control Current and Voltage Sources with the AC/DC Module

Walter Frei February 25, 2016

If you’ve ever worked with the Terminal boundary condition in COMSOL Multiphysics, you know that this electrical boundary condition can apply a current or voltage, among other options. But did you know that you can also dynamically switch between excitation types during a transient simulation? This is useful if you are trying to model a current- or voltage-limited power supply, for example. Today, we will look at how to implement such a switching behavior.

Multiphysics Simulation Provides Accurate Muffler Designs

GuestLinus Fagerberg February 24, 2016

Today, guest blogger Linus Fagerberg of Lightness by Design, a COMSOL Certified Consultant, shares how multiphysics simulation provides accuracy in automotive muffler design. The acoustic design of mufflers in the automotive industry has traditionally been performed by an iterative process where different alternatives are compared by experimental methods until a satisfactory design is found. Numerical simulation can drastically reduce a project’s time and expenses, while simultaneously increasing the performance of the muffler.

Streamlining Capacitive Touchscreen Design with Apps

Scott Smith February 23, 2016

Touchscreen technology is becoming more and more common in consumer electronics. When designing these interfaces, achieving accuracy, as well as a fast time-to-market, is key. Using our Touchscreen Simulator demo app, we show you how simulation apps can aid in the design of capacitive touchscreen devices.

Keeping Track of Element Order in Multiphysics Models

Walter Frei February 22, 2016

Whenever you are building a finite element model in COMSOL Multiphysics, you should be aware of the element order that is being used. This is particularly important for multiphysics models as there are some distinct benefits to using different element orders for different physics. Today, we will review the key concepts behind element order and discuss how it applies to some common multiphysics models.

Guidelines for Modeling Rotating Machines in 3D

Nirmal Paudel February 18, 2016

In a previous blog entry, we showed you how to model rotating machines, like motors and generators, using the Rotating Machinery, Magnetic interface in COMSOL Multiphysics. Today, we will demonstrate the steps we outlined with a 3D generator model example, comparing our results with an analogous 2D model. The concepts of sector symmetry and periodic boundary conditions, including examples illustrating their use, are also highlighted.

The Boundary Element Method Simplifies Corrosion Simulation

In version 5.2 of COMSOL Multiphysics, we offer a new feature for simulating corrosion in slender structures. This significantly speeds up the total time spent when working with structures such as oil platforms. By using the boundary element method (BEM) and specialized beam elements in the Current Distribution on Edges, BEM interface, there is no longer a need for a finite element mesh to resolve the whole 3D structure, saving time for large corrosion problems consisting of slender components.

Newtecnic Creates Better Building Façades with Simulation

Caty Fairclough February 16, 2016

By design, façades are meant to be visually appealing. Aesthetics, however, aren’t the only concern. It is also important to consider elements such as stability, efficiency, and comfort. Engineers at Newtecnic use COMSOL Multiphysics to strike this balance, creating façades that are both eye‐catching and functional.

Simulation Improves Range of Motion in Piezoelectric Actuators

Yosuke Mizuyama February 15, 2016

Piezoelectricity finds use in a variety of engineering applications. They include transducers, inkjet printheads, adaptive optics, switching devices, cellphone components, and guitar pickups, to name a few. Today’s blog post will benefit both beginners and experts in piezoelectricity, as we highlight some of the fundamental elements of piezoelectric theory and basic simulations, along with a novel design for improving the range of motion for piezoelectric actuators.